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We are pleased to provide to members three new resources specifically relating to the State Smoking Ban which goes into effect July 5th throughout the state. All of the following resources are available at the WH&LA Smoking Ban Resource page.

  1. The WH&LA Smoking Ban Guide for Wisconsin Lodging Properties. This Guide provides all lodging properties with the information needed to comply with the new Smoking Ban Law, as well as implications unique to lodging that you will need to consider and prepare for as a result of the Law
  2. The WH&LA Smoking Ban Guide – for Smoke-Free Lodging Properties. This version covers just the information that is pertinent to properties that are already “Smoke-Free”. These properties will still have new obligations and considerations under the Smoking Ban Law, so it is important to review this information if you are already Smoke-Free.
  3. Sample Smoking Ban Signage. With language and a design approved by the Department of Commerce, the entity responsible for rules on signage for the smoking ban, this will inform guests of the new law as well as the penalties and actions the law requires. It is designed to be placed in your lobby area near or at the Front Desk, to ensure guests can see it, in compliance with the new law. The suggested signage is available in full-page, half-page, and quarter-page formats to allow properties to have signs printed in the size you prefer. These signs can also be placed in the sleeping rooms for more specific clarification in addition to the standard no-smoking symbol signage that can be purchased from vendors. (If you are having difficulty printing in the specified sizes, please check your print settings)

In addition, we have updated the WH&LA Member “Rate Card” to now include the new pertinent Smoking Ban language. This includes the other state statutes that should be clearly posted in every room, and can conveniently be copied/printed for the back of your room/unit doors. All rooms/units are required to post their rates in a minimum of 12 point type, which is considered a standard visible type size. That is why the statutes are noted in 12 point type as well, to provide you with properly sized wording for your protection.

You will need your User ID & Password to access the above materials, please contact the WH&LA office for assistance if needed.

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Click on the image above to order the text from the AH&LA Educational Institute.

Need help with your AH&LA ID Number or not sure if you’re an AH&LA Member?  Contact Denise in the WIA office for assistance.

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The WIA is once again heading to Washington D.C. for the 2010 AH&LA Legislative Action Summit:

March 15-16, 2010
J.W. Marriott Hotel
Washington, DC

From AH&LA:

“This is your chance to visit your Senators and Representative and let them know your opinion on pending legislation. There is no better opportunity for hoteliers to come make a big difference on the legislation that matter most to you in 2009 and 2010: economic recovery, health care, card check, and travel.

At the 2010 LAS, you will gain insights from lawmakers and top industry executives on how impending legislation will impact your business decisions. LAS’s Industry CEO panel will feature an in-depth discussion on issues from these top industry leaders:

• Jim Abrahamson, President, The Americas, InterContinental Hotels Group
• Steve Joyce, CEO, Choice Hotels International
• David Kong, President & CEO, Best Western International Inc.
• Christopher Nassetta, President & CEO, Hilton Hotels Corporation

With the economy, health care, and card check legislation on the table during the 2010 election year, Congress needs to hear your point of view.”

Click to see the full schedule, accommodation information, or to register now.

For more information on WIA’s scheduled appointments or to join the Wisconsin delegation, please contact the WIA office. In 2009, five WIA members made the trip on behalf of Wisconsin’s lodging industry. Can we get an even stronger showing this year?

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Becoming a lodging member has great benefits!

Publications
Through both print and electronic communications, members are kept informed of the latest industry news. The quarterly Inn Touch magazine, monthly Innsider e-newsletter and timely e-alerts and legislative briefs put the most current and relevant lodging industry updates and information at your fingertips.

From the latest on revenue management to marketing tips, energy cost-saving strategies to comparative wage data, WIA publications keep members “in the know.”

Information & Resources
Whether you’re looking for money-saving ideas, industry benchmarking data or have regulatory or room tax questions, WIA will provide the answers. Each month the Innsider e-newsletter features the most recent regional Occupancy and ADR data available from Smith Travel Research.

The Innkeepers’ Resource Guide provides answers to members’ most commonly asked questions and can be found online 24/7 at the WIA members’ Web site. Room tax resource pieces are also available to members online. Finally, the Lending Library contains a wide selection of training materials available for complementary member use.

Marketing
Through both print and electronic media, WIA members receive year round exposure.

With more than 220,000 copies of the Wisconsin Lodging Directory currently in circulation, travelers from Wisconsin, Minnesota and northern Illinois find WIA member properties in this popular, easy-to-use, take-along guide.

Also, the traveler-friendly, searchable WisconsinLodging.info Web site draws more than 17,000 searches monthly.

For properties interested in affordable options to stretch marketing dollars, WIA offers electronic venues like the Featured Properties section and the new WisconsINN Getaways e-mail program, as well as an array of niche marketing opportunities (electronic and print) in the popular Cooperative Advertising Program.

Federal Representation
As a partner state of the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA), WIA participates in national issues affecting Wisconsin’s lodging industry. Each spring, WIA representatives meet with Wisconsin’s Congressional delegation in Washington, D.C. to address issues of concern face-to-face, ensuring your voice is heard.

State Representation
Through both a contract lobbyist and WIA’s President/CEO, WIA ensures the interests of the lodging industry are represented in Madison, providing you a voice in the legislative process so your issues are clearly heard. In 2008, the association’s efforts resulted in an increase in the state lodging per diem rates as well as defending room tax expenditures for marketing and tourism purposes.

Members are kept abreast of relevant legislative issues with timely Legislative Briefs and through the online Legislative Center, located on the members’ Web site.

Legal Information
WIA members have access to free preliminary legal advice from our noted hospitality legal counsel. In 2009, members also received a complementary electronic employment compliance manual, helping to avoid potentially costly employment mistakes.

Click here to see membership rates and Join Today!

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To learn more or order the CDs, click on the image itself. Need help with your AH&LA ID Number or not sure if you’re an AH&LA Member? Contact Denise in the WIA office for assistance.

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Who: WI Lodging Conference Participants
What: Sunday Night Challenge – A Fun, New PAC fundraiser event
Where: Kalahari’s New Indoor Theme Park
When: Sunday, 10/25 6:00 p.m.
Why: It’s FUN, there will be PRIZES, it’s a fundraiser for WIAPAC, and did I mention FUN?
How: Not registered yet? Click here to download the info & then register online or contact Andrew in the WIA office
Worlds-Away-Lounge
Here’s the scoop:

  • There will be 10 interactive events featuring bowling, billiards, darts, virtual golf and WIAPAC trivia
  • Participants will compete in teams of 2 – If you come by yourself, we can pair you with another participant & THERE WILL BE PRIZES!
  • Pizza, Soda and Desserts are provided as part of your package & a cash bar is also available

Bowling-Lanes
This NEW Sunday Night Challenge is a fundraiser for the WIAPAC fund and donations can be made onsite by purchasing “do-over” tickets. “Do-over” tickets are $5 each (or 5 for $20) and each ticket allows you to “do-over” an event for a chance to earn a higher team score. Prizes will be awarded based on total team scores. There is no limit on the amount of tickets you can purchase.
Golf-Simulator
Again, there’s only a few days left to get in on the FUN! Click here to download the info & then register online or contact Andrew in the WIA office – Deadline to Register is NOON on FRIDAY, 10/23!

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October 25-27, 2009
Glacier Canyon Lodge at the Wilderness Resort,
Wisconsin Dells

ConfProgramOnline
View the entire Conference Program, including session schedule and descriptions, along with advertiser, sponsor and Trade Show information here (click FULLSCREEN in the upper left corner for easier viewing).

Plus, there’s still time to sign up! Check out all the Conference blog posts, then click here to register online, or contact Andrew in the WIA office for more information.

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